An experienced conductor of choral and orchestral repertoire, James’s regular positions include Director of Wokingham Choral Society, Music Director of Jubilate Chamber Choir, Director of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, and Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Battersea.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season have included performances of Dvorak Stabat mater, Mozart Requiem, and BernsteinChichester Psalms. An advocate of new music, he works regularly with Cantata Dramatica, including as the conductor of the recent world premiere performance of Nick Bicât Akathistos in St Stephen Walbrook, London, and as conductor of premiere recordings of music by Solfa Carlile.
A prize-winning recipient of the Choral Directing Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, he teaches conducting at Hertford College, Oxford, and has given workshops for the Oxford University Continuing Education Department and the Choral Institute at Oxford.
An enthusiastic musical communicator, he is frequently commissioned to write programme notes and essays for leading ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, The Eric Whitacre Singers, and others.
James read Music at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, and subse- quently sang professionally for the Choirs of Magdalen College under Daniel Hyde and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under Stephen Darlington, appearing on broadcasts and recordings including the Gramophone Award-nominated Eton Choirbook series.